Google has announced an update to its Google Search Appliance (GSA) that makes it easier to find company data.
The GSA 7.2 update comes more than a year after the firm upgraded the GSA to version 7.0, and builds on the features included in that update. The most notable includes the ability to improve the way data can be indexed with key attributes, such as author name, or the date it was created.
Brent VerWeyst, product manager for Google Enterprise Search, explained in a blog post that Google has now made it easier for firms to test the index terms they choose for key information. This will allow them to ensure any terms they pick will return the information required, before setting the index.
“GSA 7.0 introduced entity recognition, which helps businesses categorise unstructured content by extracting entities – attributes like date, author and product type – from documents,” he explained.
“With GSA 7.2, you get a chance to test and tweak your entities before indexing begins. This helps ensure that the entities you choose and apply will work best for your organisation’s needs.”
VerWeyst also explained that the firm has improved the way in which the GSA connects into a company’s data, so users can more easily hook the GSA into multiple data stores.
“In GSA 7.2, we’ve made the connector framework more scalable and flexible. Customers and partners can develop and improve custom connectors more easily, helping GSA become a truly universal information hub,” he wrote.
Google has also made it possible to find information more easily by removing the need to remember every character from a document's identification tag, in a feature called wildcard search.
While before a document might be tagged as ‘3728’ and require this code to be retrieved, now a user can search using the phrase ‘part number 37**’ and the system will look for all documents with those two digits, and any two others.
“With wildcard search, you don’t have to memorise complicated terms to find what you need,” added VerWeyst.
Finally, the firm has redesigned the administration console as part of the upgrade. The update is ready to be downloaded via the Google Support Portal immediately.
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